three men, one ball, and none could catch it, they stood and watched, Ashwin wanted to finish it with a loft over mid off, mistimed it, the ball looped up wide of mid off, there were three men converging on it, each thought one of the other two would get to it, and none did, Ashwin smiles broadly as he completes the single
That is it from us for this game. Have a look at Nitin Sundar's match report. Abhishek Purohit signing off for the moment, Cheers.
Dhoni: "I always smile whether we are winning or losing, it is good to be on the winning side. Ashwin had to bowl out of his comfort zone in the Powerplays and the slog overs. He did well and batted well. We have confidence in Jadeja to bat at No 7 and bowl well. You have to be ready for these circumstances [Virat's cramping], you have to hydrate yourself well, you do not get a runner nowadays. People commit mistakes, it happens."
R Ashwin is Man of the Match. Ashwin: "It was gripping a little bit, I got a few wickets and at the end, finished it off with the bat. One victory on the board is very important, I was desperate to get a win today. i would rather rate myself to unfold as the game goes on, will like to be considered as an offie first. I told Jaddu that we have to bat 60 balls here and that is what we did."
Mahela: "We were probably 30-40 runs short. We had our chances but they played better than us. We kept wickets in hand, we did not play their spinners well, we got bogged down in the middle period. We need to get runs on the board."
Turned out to be a comfortable win in the end. Sri Lanka did not attack enough after they had India at 181 for 6, and Ashwin and Jadeja were calm enough to guide them home. Ashwin's game all the way, brilliant with ball, cool with the bat
zakaria: "Ashwin's batting is so unSehwagisc. Just love it."
Dinesh: "Still disappointed with India .They didnt learn from the test series.Lot of batsmen got good starts but none converted it to a big score."
ho ho, he shows the specialist batsmen how it is done, he steps outside his crease, takes on the short ball and clatters it to the deep midwicket boundary, again, completely in control
jose: "Sensible batting by this pair. That was all what was needed."
works through midwicket for a single
surprised as he this one bounces from a good length, and somehow jabs it down the track
he even pulls, he gets four, he can't do anything wrong today, a short-arm pull, in the air, and down to the deep midwicket boundary, no desperation at all against the short ball, not even a hint
pushes harder this time but mid off gets around to it
he has time to get across and push the length delivery to mid on
pushed off the front foot, bowler gets a hand to it and parries it to mid off
pushed to extra cover
charges out and smashes the full delivery to sweeper cover
shot! that has gone all the way to the boundary, some timing from Ashwin, leans forward to a widish length delivery and times the push in the gap between extra cover and mid off, who ends up chasing it into the boundary
there comes the short ball, but Ashwin does well to drop his wrists and allows it to scream past
tries one more yorker, this ends as a very low full toss around leg stump, worked through midwicket
goes for the yorker, not quite in the blockhole, squeezed out to point
goes for the full delivery on the stumps, Ashwin flicks in the air through midwicket
starts off with a length ball, dabbed to point
Chris: "This partnership proves 2 things- Sri Lankan cricket is in shambles. And India's best batsmen are the bowlers!"
Malinga to bowl
driven off the front foot through point, the throw comes in from the deep, but Jadeja has made his ground comfortably
that is quite well played, waits for the length ball to arrive, and whips it from the crease in front of square leg
tries to run this one down to third man but point gets to it
shortish, wide, cracked to sweeper cover